We're supporting Gas Safety Week
Date Added: 14/09/2015
Central Bedfordshire Council has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week, which runs from 14-20 September.
The council’s Trading Standards team will be raising awareness of gas safety issues to keep residents safe from dangerous gas appliances.
This fifth annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
In the last year, at least 68,000 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these by engineers switching off dangerous appliances1. Nearly half of these incidents were caused because a gas appliance had not been regularly serviced and had been left in a poor state2.
With 20 deaths and 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years nationwide3, it’s vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year by a registered engineer. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered, is working illegally.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “Getting your gas appliances checked may sound common sense, but it is not something which everyone does regularly. However, doing so could help save your life as poorly maintained gas appliances can cause everything from explosions to carbon monoxide poisoning.
“There are obvious signs that your gas appliance may not be working properly, such as yellow flames instead of blue ones or a smell of gas. If you have any concerns, the best thing to do is to get them checked out immediately.
“You wouldn’t think twice about getting your car serviced annually, so get in the habit of having you gas appliances serviced every year too.”
Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “We know from our own investigations that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe4, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents.
“It’s great to have the support of Central Bedfordshire Council this Gas Safety Week so that we can work together to raise public awareness of gas safety and reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.”
Follow these three simple top tips to stay gas safe:
• Get all of your gas appliances safety checked once a year by a registered engineer and sign up to a free reminder service at www.StayGasSafe.co.uk
• Make sure your engineer is legal and safe, by making sure they are registered with Gas Safe Register, the UK’s official gas authority. You can check by calling 0800 408 5500 or visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
• Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
To find out about dangers in your area visit www.StayGasSafe.co.uk and to find a Gas Safe registered engineer call 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk